Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bigger Than the Sun

Comet Holmes is a cool sight right now in the night sky. On my drive back from California nearly two weeks ago over the New Mexico desert sky at about 4 am I saw this comet. It was visible till dawn and I had a conversation about it with the person I was traveling with as to what star it could be...little did we know what we were looking at. Click here for a cool news article with all the details about the comet.

Monday, November 26, 2007

If you...


...just ask I would give it to you!! I love to give (maybe that's a pride trip) and usually have no problem giving. But when you take it without asking you're removing the opportunity for me to give. And in so doing you become a thief!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

It is done...

I am home in Veracruz...my trip is over. 12,000 miles of tarmac later I have eaten and am headed for a shower and bed. Peace Out!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Ultimate Gift

I just finished watching "The Ultimate Gift" and I am not one to usually recommend a movie here on my blog as it's can be such a hit and miss thing with people. What one person likes another doesn't. I won't say much about the movie except that it's one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It's a drama character study with a sweet, tender and touching story about what is important in life. If you have the opportunity to see it, it is a 2 hours well invested.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thursday Thought – Thanksgiving

Trust's Pineapple Glazed Ham looked like this.

So I am not going to post a bunch of thoughts about Thanksgiving...I know, I know the title was supposed to fool you. If you want what I think about Thanksgiving click here for my post about it last year.

What I will say is that we had an awesome time of fellowship with Josue and Trust's home in Brownsville. Trust and helpers made an awesome dinner. Traditionally Thanksgiving is when immediate family and relatives get together, but our dinner was a cross mix of nationalities and 6 different families but the spirit of The Family was high and if felt like being home.

I will leave you with some random photos of the evening taken with several different cameras.

Trust and Josue

The Jetts and Teens Serving the desserts.

Ummm...I guess I was looking at my camera.

Josue and Trust doing an enactment of my most embarrassing moment...but that story will keep!

Homemade Chocolate Cheesecake!

Along with the glazed ham was chicken, olive salad, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a wide variety of desserts.

HB2Y Eli

Eli, my brother, with Adrian

Eli you are one of the coolest guys I know. You are a great brother and uncle, a good friend to many. I hope this new year is a good one for you with many blessings and good times. Congrats on all the good things in your life. I look forward to seeing you soon. Have fun and stay young...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Beer and Butter Recipe


Okay so tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I am going to post a recipe here for anyone who wants to use it for their turkey or whatever kind of poultry you want to try it on. Some have claimed it to be "the best poultry marinade ever!"

Beer and Butter Poultry Injection

Use this marinade to reach deep into the meat of poultry, especially turkey to deliver loads of flavor before you cook. Make sure the mixture is warm to keep the butter liquid.

Ingredients:
½ pound butter
½ can beer
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons Tabasco
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder

Preparation:

Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir and heat until salt is dissolved and the sauce is even and runny. Keep warm (but not hot) to inject into poultry.

Thanks Trust for the recipe and being so kind to have us for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Claifornia to Texas

The Load!

Wow, after several days of paper work delays everything came together in a series of miracles to get the shipment of stuff released from Customs and the warehouse storage. So now Phillip and I are driving back to Texas from California. Please pray for our 24 hour trip that all goes well that we have no problems and for safe keeping.

Thanks so much to Ira and Esther for lending the truck for this trip. Sorry for any inconveniences our delays may have caused.

Thanks so much to Mark and Mary for putting us up while we were here. It was cool seeing them again after nearly 15 years. I even got to scan some old photos she had of my and my brothers preforming in Christmas shows way back then.... I had a good laugh at myself...

Also thanks to the Activated home for being so accommodating in helping us get the order for my home. Love you guys and it was great seeing you guys again after so many years.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Thought – Come What May

I have always liked this song and was thinking about it the other day and then low and behold I found a music video to it the other day on the blog "Just Blowing By" click here to view it or click here to download it.

Come What May -Artist: Ewan MacGregor

Never knew I could feel like this
Like I've never seen the sky before
I want to vanish inside your kiss
Every day I'm loving you more and more
Listen to my heart, can you hear it sings
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change, winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time

Chorus:
Come what may
Come what may
I will love you until my dying day

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn't seem such a waste
It all revolves around you
And there's no mountain too high
No river too wide
Sing out this song I'll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather
And stars may collide
But I love you until the end of time

Chorus

Oh, come what may, come what may
I will love you, I will love you
Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hiking Turtle Rock

Today I had an awesome hike near Turtle Rock in Irvine California. I haven't had good exercise in my travels so when dear Mary (our gracious host with whom I am staying) told me she was going on a hike with her hiking club I asked if I could tag along, it was so worth it. I was able to meet some great people and have some good conversations along with great heart pumping exercise. So for the details of the hike and lots of photos click here. I added a few here in case you don't click here.

The Whole Group

Going Up

Going Down

Saturday, November 10, 2007

So far from home....

Arizona at 70 mph.

Someone told me once that they get bored reading posts about people's travels. If that is the case and my recent travel posts have bored you then go ahead and skip this post as I am traveling again.

I was headed home to Mexico when I got a request from another home in Mexico if I would help them make a trip to San Diego California to get a load of stuff for their home. After praying about it the Lord indicated I should. So here I am in San Diego Cal, in a hotel room right on the Mexican border, I am looking out the window and I see the Mexican flag and Tijuana is across the bridge. Mexico is oh so close, but I am still oh so far from home...don't worry guys I will come back.

Oh, Mexico!
It sounds so simple; I just got to go.
The sun's so hot, I forgot to go home,
Guess I'll have to go now!

Americano got the sleepy eye,
But his body's still shaking like a live wire.
Sleepy seƱorita with the eyes on fire.
Oh, Mexico!
It sounds so sweet, with the sun sinking low.
Moon's so bright, like to light up the night;
Make everything all right.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Adrian's Video



Adrian(7) has been fooling around with learning how to use Windows Movie Maker and edited this video all on his own. He wanted me to post it and I am more then happy to. So if you guys like it or have any tips or pointers for him be sure to leave him a comment...he will be checking for them.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Thursday Thought – Would you.....?

I recently saw this on a friends Skype as their quote,

If you saw me barely able to crawl, would you carry me on your shoulders? Would you let me fly on your wings? Would you be the angel in my world?

Even though I have never met this person I wanted to tell them "Yes! Absolutely without a doubt!" Often in the family we are there for the person that needs the shoulder to cry or stand on, we try to help them fly and wish we could be the angel in their world. But it is sometimes oh so hard to accept...

So my question for you is...

If I saw you barely able to crawl, would you let me carry you on my shoulders? Would you accept my wings to fly on? Would you allow me the honor of being the angel in your world?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

HB2Y Seth Spirit

So the most amazing and ever so talented Spirits, Justin and Rossi have parented a son. The ever so handsome and good looking child, Seth Francis Spirit. I know I am late in posting since this most adorable child was born on Oct 23rd and yes this is not the first post to this incredible babe, but it is the one post that the parents authorized and gave permission for....LOL! I love you guys and hope he grows up to be as cool as you, his parents. Hey Justin I thought you might like to know this is my 300th post...maybe you have a Spartan child there!

Monday, November 05, 2007

HB2Y Haven

Happy Birthday Haven! I hope and pray that you have a great new year and that the Lord answers your prayers and dreams as you continue to walk by His side yielding your life to Him. You are an inspiration and encouragement to many!

The best party T-shirt ever!

John and Jamie tapping the Keg in typical "300" fashion.

Jade with baby Leonidas

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sea World with Adrian and Jade

Today the kids and I went to Sea World. We had a blast, saw some shows and rode some rides and toured the aquariums and animal exhibits. Here are the visuals.


Adrian riding the "Rio Loco" Jade was too small for this ride so Adrian found a couple of nice ladies to team up with and take him on the ride. He's such a charmer!

Jade and Adrian

A Fish Tank

Sharks

Freeee Beeeeer!!!!
Yes! They actually give away free beer at Sea World. So glad I have me a season pass!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Texas - Backroads and Critters


In the past weeks of being on the road and fundraising I have criss-crossed Texas from each end to the other, north to south, east to west and some mixed up directions in between. I have always loved driving and the open road and with the wide open spaces of Texas that is easily done. I had the opportunity to travel some on the "roads less traveled" as some of the cities I went to are not on the Interstate. It made for some interesting road signs that you don't normally see.

Careful when you cross here!

"May I suggest an alternate route?"

Along with the variety of the roads and their signs the wildlife and critters you encounter are also different then your every day run away dog or stuck in the tree cat! So I will leave you with some sights of them I have seen in the past couple weeks.

Spider

Armadillo

Opossum

Snake

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thursday Thought – A question for you!

What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?